AskDefine | Define crush

Dictionary Definition



1 leather that has had its grain pattern accentuated [syn: crushed leather]
2 a dense crowd of people [syn: jam, press]
3 temporary love of an adolescent [syn: puppy love, calf love, infatuation]
4 the act of crushing [syn: crunch, compaction]


1 come down on or keep down by unjust use of one's authority; "The government oppresses political activists" [syn: oppress, suppress]
2 to compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition; "crush an aluminum can"; "squeeze a lemon" [syn: squash, squelch, mash, squeeze]
3 come out better in a competition, race, or conflict; "Agassi beat Becker in the tennis championship"; "We beat the competition"; "Harvard defeated Yale in the last football game" [syn: beat, beat out, shell, trounce, vanquish]
4 break into small pieces; "The car crushed the toy"
5 humiliate or depress completely; "She was crushed by his refusal of her invitation"; "The death of her son smashed her" [syn: smash, demolish]
6 crush or bruise; "jam a toe" [syn: jam]
7 make ineffective; "Martin Luther King tried to break down racial discrimination" [syn: break down]
8 become injured, broken, or distorted by pressure; "The plastic bottle crushed against the wall"

User Contributed Dictionary



From cruschen, crousshen, cruisir, croissir < cruscire, probably of origin, from a derivative of the word seen in |; akin to Swedish krysta, Danish kryste, Icelandic kreysta.


  • /krʌʃ/
  • Rhymes with: -ʌʃ


  1. A violent collision or compression; a crash; destruction; ruin.
  2. Violent pressure, as of a crowd; a crowd which produced uncomfortable pressure; as, a crush at a reception.
  3. A short-lived and unrequited love or infatuation; the object of this infatuation.
    • 2004: Chris Wallace, Character: Profiles in Presidential Courage
      It had taken nine years from the evening that Truman first showed up with a pie plate at her mother's door, but his dogged perseverance eventually won him the hand of his boyhood Sunday school crush.
  4. A chute or corridor in a cattle yard.


a violent collision or compression
violent pressure, as of a crowd
a short-lived and unrequited love or infatuation
a chute or corridor in a cattle yard


  1. To press or bruise between two hard bodies; to squeeze, so as to destroy the natural shape or integrity of the parts, or to force together into a mass.
    to crush grapes
    Ye shall not offer unto the Lord that which is bruised, or crushed, or broken, or cut. --Lev. xxii.
  2. To reduce to fine particles by pounding or grinding; to comminute.
    to crush quartz
  3. To overwhelm by pressure or weight; to beat or force down, as by an incumbent weight.
  4. To oppress or burden grievously.
  5. To overcome completely; to subdue totally.
  6. To be or become broken down or in, or pressed into a smaller compass, by external weight or force'
    an eggshell crushes easily
  7. To feel infatuation with or unrequited love for.
    She's crushing on him.

Derived terms


to press or bruise between two hard bodies
  • Finnish: murskata, musertaa, rusentaa
  • Portuguese: amassar
to reduce to fine particles by pounding or grinding
to overwhelm by pressure or weight
  • Finnish: murskata, musertaa
  • Hebrew: למחוץ (limkhotz)
  • Portuguese: esmagar
to oppress or burden grievously
  • Portuguese: dominar, subjugar, vencer
to overcome completely
  • Finnish: murskata, nujertaa
to crush out
  • Finnish: musertaa
  • Portuguese: espremer
to be or become broken down or in


Extensive Definition

Crush may refer to:
  • Crushing, a violent collision or compression (such as performed by a crusher), a crash, destruction, ruin
  • Crush, a short-lived, intense and usually unrequited love, sexual attraction or infatuation: see puppy love
Film & television:
  • Crush, the initial portions of the winemaking process during which grapes are crushed to release their juice
  • Orange Crush, an American soft drink that was particularly popular in the 1970s and 1980s
  • Crush fetish, a sexual desire to crush animals and objects or watch them be crushed
  • Crush, the codename for NVIDIA's nForce chipset for the Athlon processor
  • Force Crush, a force power in Star Wars
  • Crush (video game), a video game by Sega for the PlayStation Portable
  • Crush, Texas, the location for the "Crash at Crush", a deliberate train wreck staged as a spectacle in 1896
  • Crush (comics), a series of comics
  • Cattle crush or squeeze chute, a cage for confining cattle for veterinary treatment, marking, hoof trimming etc
  • Crush, rapid eating of large quantities of food

See also

crush in German: Crush
crush in Spanish: Crush
crush in French: Crush

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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